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Clifford P. Case Professorship of Public Affairs

In 1980, the Rutgers Board of Governors voted to establish the Clifford P. Case Professorship of Public Affairs to recognize Senator Case’s 34 years representing New Jersey in the United States Congress, during which “he consistently put principle above politics” and earned “the deserved reputation of having a profound sense of integrity.” The University honors Senator Case by bringing to the Rutgers campus prominent and respected public servants.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 2018 Case Professor,
speaking at Rutgers on 3/29/18

Clifford P. Case Professors of Public Affairs
        Hillary Clinton (2018)
George Mitchell (2015)
Olympia Snowe (2013)
Lee H. Hamilton (2011)
Chuck Hagel (2010)
Paul S. Sarbanes (2008)
Thomas H. Kean (2005)
Alan Simpson (1999)
William J. Hughes (1997)
Lowell, P. Weicker, Jr. (1996)

Barber B. Conable, Jr. (1992)
Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr. (1991)
Nancy Kassebaum (1989)
J. William Fulbright (1988)
Walter F. Mondale (1987)
Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. (1986)
Edmund S. Muskie (1985)
Richard F. Fenno, Jr. (1984)
Gerald R. Ford (1983)

About Senator Clifford P. Case (1904-1982)
Clifford P. Case

Clifford Case graduated from Rutgers University with an in 1925 and from Columbia University with an LL.B. degreein 1928. He practiced law in New York City from 1928 to 1953 with the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Case was first elected to office as a member of the Rahway Common Council from 1938 to 1942. He served in New Jersey’s General Assembly from 1943 to 1944. He won election to the U.S.House of Representatives in 1944 from what was then the Sixth New Jersey District (Union County) and served in the House until1953. He resigned from the House in 1953 to assume the presidency of the Fund for the Republic. In 1954, Case won his Senate seat as an anti-McCarthy Republican. Re-elected in 1960, 1966, and 1972, he served on the Committeeon Foreign Relations (where he rose to ranking minority member), the Appropriations Committee, the Board of the Office ofTechnology Assessment, the Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Commission on Security and Co-operation in Europe.A champion of civil liberties, Senator Case was noted for his willingness to stand up for matters of conscience. He spoke out against Senator McCarthy, opposed the Vietnam War, and was a strong supporter of civil rights, Israel, and the labor movement.

The Clifford P. Case Seminar Room, Alexander Library, Rutgers University
The furniture, photographs, and memorabilia in this room are part of a permanent exhibit.